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Fox News 25 Dec 2019

FBI reportedly looking into pardons by former Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin

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Bevin pardoned and commuted the sentences of more than 650 people during his final weeks in office, including a man convicted of homicide whose brother held a campaign fundraiser for Bevin; reaction from trial attorney Brad Micklin.


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BE RELATED TO THE MISSING KIDS.
>> CHRISTINA COLEMAN, THANK YOU.
>> THE FBI REPORTEDLY LOOKING
INTO SOME CONTROVERSIAL PARDONS
BY KENTUCKY'S FORMER GOVERNOR.
THAT ACCORDING TO THE LOUISVILL
COURIER NOR NEWSPAPER.
HE IS UNDER FIRE FOR BARGAINING
AND COMMUTING THE SENTENCES OF
MORE THAN 650 PEOPLE THREE WEEK
AGO JUST BEFORE HE LEFT OFFICE
AFTER LOSING A REELECTION BID.
AMONG THOSE HE PARDONED WAS A
MAN CONVICTED OF HOMICIDE WHOSE
BROTHER HELD A CAMPAIGN
FUNDRAISER FOR BEVAN BACK IN
2018.
THAT MAN INSIST THERE IS NO
CONNECTION.
>> I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MR.
BEVAN FOR LOOKING INTO THIS
AND ALL THE PEOPLE WHO ACTUALLY
DUG INTO THIS AND DID THEIR OWN
INVESTIGATION.
HOPEFULLY YOU ALL COULD MAYBE
LOOK INTO THAT A LITTLE BIT TOO.
I AM INNOCENT.
THE PARDON WAS NEVER PAID FOR B
MY FAMILY.
COMMENTS AND SO KIND TO TELL YO
THAT.
>> LET'S BRING IN TRIAL ATTORNE
BRAD MCGLYNN TO TALK ABOUT THIS.
>> BAKER HAD SERVED TWO OUT OF
19 YEARS SENTENCES, TWO YEARS
SERVED AND HE GETS OFF, WHAT YO
MAKE OF THAT?
>> PARDONS COME UNDER A LOT OF
SCRUTINY BECAUSE REGARDLESS OF
THE POLITICS, THERE'S ALWAYS A
LOT OF PERSONAL GAIN BEHIND THEM
.
YOU LOOK INTO ONE WE SAW BILL
CLINTON PARDON HIS OWN BROTHER.
HERE WE HAVE A GOVERNOR WHO LOS
REELECTION RETURNING ALMOST 700
VIOLENT CRIMINALS TO THE STREET
AND PEOPLE ARE WONDERING IF THA
WAS MORE MOTIVATED BY SPITE AND
POLITICAL GAIN.
>> IN THIS CASE, THEY SAY THAT
THE FAMILY HAD RAISED $21,000
FOR BEVAN'S CAMPAIGN IN 2018.
HE ENDS UP LOSING REELECTION,
BUT YOU'VE GOT THAT YOUNG MAN
WHO WAS ACCUSED IN CONVICTED OF
A PRETTY NASTY CRIME HERE.
RECKLESS HOMICIDE AND ROBBERY O
A MAN IN FRONT OF HIS FAMILY.
HE SERVES TO END HE GETS OFF.
IS THERE ANYTHING, CAN
INVESTIGATORS FIND SOMETHING
HERE THAT COULD LEAD TO SOME
KIND OF CRIMINAL CASE?
>> PEOPLE SAY THE BEST PLACE TO
HIDE A NEEDLE IS NOT IN THE
HAYSTACK BUT WITH NEEDLES.
MAYBE HE REALLY 650 PEOPLE TO
HIDE THIS ONE.
EVEN IF HE DID, THE RIGHT TO
PARDON, KENTUCKY FALLS UNDER TH
KENTUCKY STATE CONSTITUTION NOT
THE FEDERAL CONSTITUTION PART
THERE'S ALMOST NO LIMITATION OF
A GOVERNOR TO DO IT IS DOING.
>> THERE'S NO WAY THAT COULD
FOUND TO BE SOME KIND OF AN
ABUSE OF POWER?
I CAN'T IMAGINE.
IT SEEMS LIKE IF THEY COULD
PROVE IF IT WAS PAID TO PLAY
THERE, THAT WOULD BE SOME KIND
OF ABUSE OF POWER.
>> NOT AGAINST THE GOVERNOR.
THE STATE CONSTITUTION ALLOWS
PROSECUTION FOR BRIBERY.
IF THEY DID GET THEIR SON OR
FAMILY MEMBER RELEASED, THEY
COULD BE PROSECUTED, THE, BUT
THE GOVERNOR IS WELL WITHIN HIS
AUTHORITY TO PARDON.
>> HERE IS A STATEMENT FROM MAT
BEVAN HIMSELF THE FORMER
GOVERNOR OF KENTUCKY.
THE STATEMENTS AND SUGGESTIONS
THAT THE FINANCIAL OR POLITICAL
CONSIDERATIONS PLAYED A PART IN
THE DECISION-MAKING PROCESS ARE
BOTH HIGHLY OFFENSIVE AND
ENTIRELY FAULTS TO REPEAT SUCH
UNCORROBORATED RUMORS AND LIES
IS REPREHENSIBLE.
TELL ME, SIR, WHY LAUNCH AN
INVESTIGATION IF YOU SAY THERE'
NO WAY TO REALLY FIND ANYTHING
AGAINST MATT BEVAN, WHY ARE THE
LOOKING AT IT?
>> POLITICS ARE SO MOTIVATED BY
INVESTIGATIONS.
I DON'T WANT TO TURN THIS INTO
FEDERAL ISSUE, BUT EVERY TIME
THERE'S A QUESTION OF RIGHT OR
WRONG, YOU WANT AN INVESTIGATION
.
THE CONSTITUTION VERY CLEAR WHE
IT COMES TO PARDONS THERE'S
NOTHING WE CAN DO WHETHER WE
LIKE IT OR NOT PRETTY IF A REAC
PERSON KILL SOMEBODY, AND SENDS
$10 MILLION TO THE LEADER OF TH
COUNTRY, THE PRESIDENT OF THE
UNITED STATES AND HE PARDONS HIM
, THAT PARDON IS LEGITIMATE?
>> ABSOLUTELY.
BOTH FEDERAL AND STATE LEVELS
BRAYED THE INDIVIDUAL CAN BE
PROSECUTED FOR BRIBERY, BUT NOT
THE OFFICIAL WHO IS GRANTING TH
PARDON.

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